Talk Fresh Home Delivered Fruit and Veges for Newcastle


I discovered Talk Fresh via my local cafe, Custom Espresso, getting their fruit and vegetable deliveries from this Sangate based small business.

They put together their fruit and vege boxes (From $35) based on what is in season, so everything in the box is top quality! You can also add extras or choose your own fruit and vegetables from their huge product list. Delivery is free!


So we ate a lot of fresh fruit and veges the past fortnight.


I made a yummy, colourful stirfry noodles.

Rainy night roast

A rainy night roast

Vege fritters! #meatfreemonday

And vege fritters, based on this recipe


(Eggs from the Assistant Principal’s chooks!)

Order Online and sort out your fruit and veges for next week!

Gluttony @ Newy Burger Co

Newy Burger Co has moved west along Hunter Street, and is now inside The Cambridge Hotel, but they are still selling their awesome burgers, chips and desserts, delighting the locals.

Newy Burger Co

“Date Night” (aka my sennalink day) saw us glottoning down on these, waiting for the storm to come in. Above you’ll see Bruce’s Bar Beef Burger ($10). Bruce describes this as a “supreme BBQ cheeseburger experience” with its amazing patty and spicy jalapeno white sauce.

Newy Burger Co

The innards of the Bar Beef Burger. Noms.

Newy Burger Co

I went the “Stocko” ($10) – chicken, coleslaw, cheese, rocket and aoli. Quality ingredients to make this the only burge on the menu you can’t get gluten free.

Newy Burger Co

Stocko money shot – *drool*

Newy Burger Co

We talked ourselves into the “Dirty Fries” ($8) that were on the special menu last week – chips with two cheeses, bacon, cajun spices. So very naughty!

Newy Burger Co

We washed all that down with an Apple cider and an Asahi from the bar ($14 total)…. before psyching myself up to gorge down the Jersey Milk Soft-serve of the week – a well balanced salted caramel ice cream with Belgian Waffle bits and chocolate sauce ($6)

Newy Burger Co

See that topping? Looks like a puppydog in a food coma, I’m told. Which is how I felt at the end!

Newy Burger Co
Inside The Cambridge Hotel
789 Hunter Street Newcastle West
Wednesday & Thursday 4pm-9pm,
Friday & Saturday 12pm-9pm,
Sunday 12pm-8pm.

Flickr isn’t being my friend…. and other excuses as to why I’m so behind in posting

So, the Flickr app that is supposed to auto upload for me isn’t doign that and isn’t even uploading on demand, and so I’m left trying to be bothered to plug my phone into the computer to get the photos off it from the past two weeks. Things like this that came from Instagram:

$110/bottle? No worries

oh yeah, because when i go wine tasting, I go hard. And then go home with a couple hundred dollars worth of leftovers. You know what? The 2014 Hunter Shiraz(es) are all amazing and you simply MUST try one. Or 5.

I’ve also been being a good girl and applying for jobs. Real jobs, like ones I might want. Like at Dan Murphy’s or as a speechie or disability support officer. You know, things I’ll actually put time into applying for.


I also finished liptember with a bang, and raise $382 :) Not too late to donate! :p

Hmm what else?


I helped out at an event for Amnesty Newcastle. An art exhibit. Then we went for drinks and dinner at MoneyPenny at Honeysuckle, and these prawn rolls were delish and certainly hit the spot that hadn’t been filled by homous and rice crackers all night.


I had a disappointing experience with a food dehydrator :(



I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT EAT DRINK BLOG in two weeks time in Canberra.

Will I see you there??

Newcastle Blogger Meetup @ Nan’s Dumpling Time {sponsored by Nuffnang}


It’s always good to catch up with bloggers, and I had the privilledge of orgranising a get-together with the Hunter Valley & Newcastle Bloggers last week, with Nuffnang spotting the cash for us to gorge on the best dumplings in Newcastle.

Pork Dumplings

The gorgeous people below made it along:
Kell from All Mum Said (that girl has some great giveaways!)
Lisa, formerly of “Madame Bipolar” and “Sawhole” fame &
Marissa who is Beautifully Organised!

John, Tammy, Kirsty, Bron and Denyse all had planned to be there, but with all the sickness going around (and a few injuries!) they couldn’t be there on the day :(

(next time guys!)

Duck Salad

The staff were incredibly patient with us waiting to see whether the stragglers would come or not, but then we got into the business of discussing life, blogging, and dumplings!

Chicken Dumplings

Pork and Chive dumplings

These pork and chive dumplings were everyone’s favourite!

Prawn Dumplings

I’m planning a couple more events this year – One a coffee meetup in October and a Newcastle Bloggers’ Xmas Party at the start of December! Join the Hunter Valley & Newcastle Bloggers FB group to stay up to date (we accept coasties too! :p)

Thanks again to Nuffnang for supporting this meet-up!

Nan’s Dumpling Time
4/79 Beaumont Street
Hamilton NSW
Ph: 02 4961 6350

Their current menu is here :)

The Grand Pavilion – Indian Restaurant – Warners Bay

**Warning – Food porn ahead!**

There’s a new Indian restaurant in the next suburb, and my boyfriend decided to spoil me with a meal there last night – The Grand Pavilion, known for their authentic and delicious Indian and Indo-chinese meals on the Central Coast, has just opened a location in Warners Bay.

I suppose I start from the start!

Pappadams  and raita

It took us forever to order – because there are so many options on the menu…. Old favourites and new (to us) twists and variations. All sounding delicious. We didn’t order it, but the $35.90 per head banquet for 2 or more is AMAZING value for entrees, mains (which are all Gluten free btw), sides and desserts. Next time, Gadget, next time.

So we settled on our order, and were presented with complementary poppadoms, along with a mild and spicy mint sauce (raita would be what I called the milk youghurt one) while Bruce went back to the car for our bottle of $7 Aldi Shiraz (amazingly smooth btw) because they are BYO only ($3/head). There is the usual Coke brand and Lassi selection for drinks.

one road shiraz aldi

And then it was onto the entree – The Veg Grilled Platter for 2 – $18.50

the grand pavilion entree veg grilled platter

This impressive creation came out on a sizzling plate, with veges adorning and enhancing it (it you have room – eat the sizzled up capsicum and other veges. Wow!)

Onion Bhaji and tandoori mushroon

First we had the Onion Bhaji and Tandoori Mushroom, which both had a little kick as far as I was concerned! Great texture on the Bhaji, and the mushroom was a different twist for me, with sooo many flavours!

vegetarian seekj kebab  paneer tikka

Next, because they were under the other two, were the Vegetarian Seekh Kebab (the vege sausage thingy) and the Paneer Tikka. Wow, I loved the two of them – the paneer had a nice marinade and was cooked to perfection, and the Kebab was so full or herbs and flavours I nearly fainted with joy.

(and then, we rested, while our mains were prepared)

We chose two meals from the Chef’s special mains, and we were blown away. Both we “mild” heat wise, but the combination of spices and cooking style was enough to have me eating way more than I should.

The Grand Pavilion - Masala Lamb Shanks

The Lamb Shank Masala is, according to the menu – “Lamb shanks cooked int Indian style with special spices until the meat in tender and falling off the bone”. Wow. These were amazing. The meat inside was purple and so soft and melty! I half-heard the owner/chef explain to the table beside me the process they go through cooking these, and yes, worth every cent! – $23.90

masala lamb shank indian danger mouse

(not the classiest way, but omg they were delicious!!!)

Mughlai Chicken

The other dish we selected was the “Mughlai Chicken” – Tr traditional cashew nut, almond based sauce flavoured with cardamom, cloves and bay leaf with a touch of fresh cream. This was also melt in the mouth stuff… My unsophisticated palate likened it to butter chicken but without the tomato and all the damn sugar. but, for sure, this was a milk chicken curry that was actually full of flavour.

mughlai chicken

Oh and there was a hardboiled egg in it!

We also had rice and naan (but of course!) but given my level of stuffed-ness from the entrees I had a little bit of both, not much.

The meal and service were amazing – and the British girl next to us proclaimed it to be the only real Indian food she’s had since moving to Australia. We will have to go there many times again!

The Grand Pavilion
452 The Esplanade
Warners Bay
NSW 2282
(02) 4948 0092